New to On Being? Start Here. Welcome to our new digital home. Published October 15, That Little Beast Mary Oliver. That pretty little beast, a poem, has a mind of its own. Sometimes I want it to crave apples but it wants red meat.
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Sometimes I want to walk peacefully on the shore and it wants to take off all its clothes and dive in. Sometimes I want to use small words and make them important and it starts shouting the dictionary, the opportunities. Sometimes I want to sum up and give thanks, putting things in order and it starts dancing around the room on its four furry legs, laughing and calling me outrageous.
But sometimes, when I'm thinking about you, and no doubt smiling, it sits down quietly, one paw under its chin, and just listens. That Little Beast.
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Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. I am reminded of this poem when I think of House Democrats from districts won by President Trump in who are now facing the real possibility of an actual House vote either to authorize an impeachment inquiry or to conclude one. There are not of them, of course, but I believe they are certainly being ordered into a slaughter that they desperately wish they could avoid. But I was mistaken; perhaps my memory grows dim with age.
His poem describes the heroic acts of one Publius Horatius Cocles, an officer in the Roman army who famously defended Rome during its war with Clusium. It is another epic poem of heroic bravery, and its lines were famously recited in full by Winston Churchill, albeit as a student. The most quoted stanzas are:. And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers, And the temples of his Gods. In yon strait path a thousand May well be stopped by three.
Now who will stand on either hand, And keep the bridge with me? It is really worth the effort, once you get into the cadence. Such are the disappointments of trying to derive new meanings from ancient poems! Geoff Shepard came to Washington, D. Subscribe Login Logout Edit Account.
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The result was brutal. But we do not have to look back 32 years to see how unruly the leftwing mob can be. Recall the recent fate of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.